Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy Statement

It is the policy of Southern Connecticut State University does not discriminate on the basis of age; ancestry, color; gender identity and expression; intellectual disability; learning disability; mental disorder; physical disability; marital status, national origin; race; religious creed; sex, including pregnancy, transgender status, sexual harassment and sexual assault; sexual orientation; veteran status; or any other status protected by federal or state laws. Discrimination includes harassment on any basis mentioned above, and sexual harassment as defined in the Connecticut General Statutes, U.S. EEOC Guidelines of Sexual Harassment, and in Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972. Discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated at Southern Connecticut State University, whether by faculty, students or staff, or by others while on property owned by or under the control of the University.

The purpose of this policy is to help prevent acts of discrimination/harassment and to offer students and employees who believe they have experienced discrimination or harassment a means to promptly redress any such claim. The University's goal is to end the discrimination or harassment and promote a learning and working environment free of discrimination and harassment.

Any employee, student, or applicant for employment or admission to the University, who believes that he or she has been discriminated against or harassed as defined by this policy may file a complaint by following the Procedures for Discrimination and Harassment Complaints available at SouthernCT.edu/diversityequity. Inquiries regarding the university's compliance with state and federal laws regarding discrimination may be directed to the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Equity Programs at (203) 392-5491 at Southern Connecticut State University; the Commission of Human Rights and Opportunities, West Central Region Office, 55 West Main St., Suite 210, Waterbury, CT 07602 (203) 803-6530; or the Office of Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617) 289-0111, ocr.boston@ed.gov.